Lepisto (SA-mee LEPIS-toh), 23, has played in 47 games for Hershey this year, posting 40 points (3 goals, 37 assists). He leads all Hershey defensemen in scoring and is tied for sixth among AHL defensemen in points. His +27 rating leads the Bears and ranks second in the league, while his 37 assists rank third in the league for defensemen.
Lepisto was selected by the Capitals in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 66th overall, and becomes the fourth member of the 2004 draft class on the Washington roster (joining Alex Ovechkin
, Jeff Schultz
and Mike Green
, who were all taken in the first round). Lepisto spent four seasons in the top professional league in Finland before making the move to the United States to play for the Bears.
The native of Espoo, Finland, made his NHL debut on Feb. 16 and played 14:16 at Tampa Bay. He has played in three games for the Caps this season.